Local artists tie a knot in call to end modern slavery

Saturday 17 October 2015
Bute Park 10:30 - 12:00
Wales Millennium Centre 13:30 - 15:30

This Saturday, people from across Cardiff will tie a symbolic knot to call for an end to human trafficking and slavery. The 'art activism' project called Forget Me Knot raises the stakes during anti-slavery month.

Local artist Ishah Speers, who is leading the project, said:

"Modern slavery is a hidden issue that is only growing. Too many people are unaware that this is happening here in Wales, today. South Wales Police have reported that in the first three months of 2015, Wales alone had 50 cases of human trafficking reported. In 2014, there were 70 cases in the entire year in our nation. We're urging people to take a stand and tie a knot.

"We welcome the Modern Slavery Act 2015 commencing this October and demand all large businesses disclose what they are doing to eliminate slavery in their supply chains."

The three women from south Wales crafted the unique event after meeting a year ago. Ishah Speers, Maria Morancho and Fran Smith took part in Women Making a Difference's six-week community leadership course. It was during this course that these three local artists began to discuss the issues they cared most about and how they could raise awareness and make change happen.

The art activism project 'Forget Me Knot' is open to anyone to participate. The artists will walk across Cardiff from Bute Park, finishing at the Wales Millennium Centre.

People and local businesses are invited to tie a knot to pledge support for an end to modern slavery. There will be an opportunity to hear poetry written by local poets, a chance to write your own, and add more knots until 3:30pm at the Centre.

Joni Alexander, director of Women Making a Difference, said:

"Ishah, Maria and Fran are showing women across Wales how to creatively take a stand on an issue they care deeply about. They're taking a leadership role in the Cardiff community using their artistic talent to make hundreds of people aware of modern slavery -- an issue that is often forgotten. This is exactly what Women Making a Difference works to empower within every woman in our nation."

Registration is open now for the same course that led to this event: Women in Community Leadership. This year, the course adds the popular British Council Active Citizens curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups on similar projects to ‘Forget Me Knot’. These courses run in Cardiff, Swansea and Porth from early November 2015.

For more information on the ‘Forget Me Knot’ project, contact Ishah Spears on ishah_speers@yahoo.co.uk, 07412526252 or 07966757106.

For more information on Women Making a Difference and its current work, contact Joni Alexander at admin@wmad.org.uk or 02920 493 893.

Social action project by three WMAD alumni kicks off at Made in Roath festival this Saturday!

Social action project by three WMAD alumni kicks off at Made in Roath festival this Saturday! All the info you need below, why not go along and support ‪#‎womenmakingadifference‬

'Local artists tie a knot in call to end modern slavery'

The event kicks off in Roath at the Made In Roath festival at the Mackintosh Centre on the 10th at 10:00am, culminating in planting Forget-me-not seeds in the community garden at 12:15.

Come and join Ishah, Maria and Fran and others this Saturday to support putting an end to Human Trafficking and slavery. Take home a seed ball and continue the conversation.

Three public Appointees talk about their experiences

September 2015
commissionerAre you interested to find out more about what it means to apply for and take on a role in public life? The Commissioner for Public Appointments office have put together a video in which three people talk about their expereinces of public appointments. View the video here https://youtu.be/Kk9Uxnb4_eg

Put your-selfie on the map!

August 2015

logo about2xJoin the Houses of Parliament’s new digital art project and become part of a new public exhibition this autumn. Take part with these quick and easy steps:

1. Think of a street in your neighbourhood that relates to democracy in some way, for example Churchill Drive or Liberty Avenue.

2. Go to the street, take a selfie next to the street sign, and upload it to your favourite social media site (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #DemocracySt

3. Artist Jon Adams will use your images as part of new art works that will be displayed in Parliament between 16-22 November as part of Parliament Week 2015.

Find out more or locate a street near you at www.democracystreet.com on your smartphone.

You can follow the project on Twitter at @democracyst

Democracy Street has been developed in partnership with National Portrait Gallery, Mozilla and the History of Parliament Trust.

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